Grateful Dead Live at Merriweather Post Pavilion on 1985-06-30
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Subject: Best audience recording
A few notes on the show
- I love Jerry's solo at the end of "Mississippi Half Step". He really hits those beautiful high tones.
- "Keep on Growing" and "Gimmie Some Lovin" are great. I love Brent and Phil vocals.
- "Shakedown" is very good, don't remember what got the audience in a frenzy at the end.
- I remember "Samson" chorus, where everyone on the field were singing along.
- "He's Gone" is very good, great crowd participation.
- Great version of "Other One"
- Beautiful version of "Stella Blue"
Subject: merriwether post pavillion
Subject: good as I remember
Got caught up in a crowd of gate crashers who were between ticket holders and the gate. SO intensely crushing that my feet came up off the ground and I couldn't breathe. Almost lost my shit. 11 people died at the Who ran through my mind as I began to be very high.
Gatekeepers relented. Made it into the show by CC Rider, found my friends, and had the time of my life.
The boys were having as much fun as we were.
Party continued well into the night in the park. Even giving some super square undercover cops trying to buy drugs from us the shine was fun. Silly rabbits...
Good lord I miss the Dead - RIP Jerry.
Subject: I miss this stuff ALOT
Subject: another kick ass tape
Subject: Awesome, awesome show!
Subject: First Bootleg Ever
Subject: Shakedown crowd surge
Subject: BEST SHAKEDOWN EVER
For me, this could be the best live Grateful Dead moment ever...
5 stars, for shakedown alone
Subject: apeshit at 13:46
Subject: "I'll run your life, steal your wife!"
Subject: The crowd went apeshit...
Subject: last night of mda
The camp scene was wonderful, different areas denoted by colours. So much unbridled fun!
Subject: rick griffin banner
Subject: crowd response
i remember hearing 'sgt. peppers' on the PA system a show or two during that summer...
"it seemed like a main era."
Subject: What's uh the deal?
And yes, the Shakedown is one of the best ever, once they stop the silly singing. Weir is taking his effects pedal to freaking town from ten minutes onwards.
One mystery (at least from this tape) is why the crowd goes apeshit at the 13:46 mark. What's happening? I mean, the music is good, but there is a swell of enthusiasm that seems to erupt from something other than the jamming and which then seems to carry the band along with it.
Anyone there who can explain? Lighting maybe?
Thanks upstairs for the two cents. The thing is that I, too, remember this cassettee "from back in the day." It was a board and I recall the peak moment being more "obvious," which is to say, "more audible." I guess I should try to dig out the tape from the boxes and boxes of tapes ...
Subject: Here's the uh deal
This was one of my favorite cassettes from back in the day when I actually still had any of my old stuff, and Shakedown Street is one of the best I ever heard, the reason being its utter intensity. Coming across this show today, I clicked it on, remembering it as being a firecracker, but all the years do combine, and sometimes it's difficult to distinguish from memory what was hot and what was even hotter.
This show was an "even hotter!"
So, ride out the drive down Shakedown, but fasten your seat belt, because that low-ridin' Chevy you're cruising in transforms into a space shuttle, Captain Trips* at the helm.
There's a lot of really smokin' stuff here: Brown-Eyed Women, Big Railroad Blues, Samson & Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin', Around & Around>Sugar Magnolia. Cryptical Envelopment coming out of He's Gone electrifies the crowd. And if ballads are your cup of tea, then drink in Looks Like Rain and Stella Blue and savor them.
*I know he hated that name, and this might be the first time I've referred to him as that in 30 years. But in this case it is apropos.
Subject: Bathing in the Fountains at the Mall
Subject: damn, i missed it
Subject: it was 20 years ago tonite people
Subject: you hit on the dot..
The He's Gone > Crypytical is sublime.
Subject: One of the Best
Plenty has been said about this show, and with good reason. My wife and I were in the pavillion this night, and there was unquestionably something special in the air. There was a vibe that was wild and kind. The excitement level among the audience from the Shakedown through the MOST UNDERRATED Sugar Mag/SSDD ever, was phenomenal! People were singing along and dancing like it was the last night on Earth. I'll never forget the way it looked in there during that SSDD jam - Every body was *in motion* and the howl of *LOVE* was hair raisingly beautiful. The band shined their light back at us like the yellow rays of the rising sun. The POWER of the music was incredible.
Out of well over 100 GD concerts, this was my favorite. The circus of the Deadheads was at a huge peak just before the word got out to the populace general. We camped in the woods and fields on the venue property outside the gates, and we were left to do as we pleased.
Let the critics have their keith&donna, I'll take this serving of tasty, wild 1985 summer glory anytime.
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